(Ecofin Agency) - The European Union approves the urgent disbursement of €31 million (CFA20.3 billion) to help the government of Niger fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed 54 people in the country.
“For now, the budget aid is the most suitable instrument to respond to the pandemic,” according to the EU ambassador to Niger Denisa-Elena Ionete (pictured). Initially scheduled for June, the resources will finally be made available this month.
“The anticipation of this funding will provide concrete and immediate support to the authorities, based on immediate priorities, in the implementation of the response plan, with particular focus on health management, support to vulnerable populations and management of economic impact,” the EU envoy said.
The covid-19 response plan initiated by the government of Niger amounts to CFA1,436 billion (€2.1 billion).